Professor Peter Madden
Professor of Practice in City Futures
I'm Professor of Practice in City Futures, helping to engage with business and cities, to stimulate collaborative work and maximise research impact.
My research and practice focuses on innovating for the city of the future, understanding why urban life is changing and how citizens and business can thrive in a hyper connected, increasingly urban, and resource-constrained world. I have helped dozens of leading businesses and city administrations respond to the opportunities offered by digital technology and by sustainable development.
I have held senior roles in government, not-for-profits and the private sector, and worked with cities across the world. I am now using my practical experience, my international networks and my understanding of what stakeholders want from academia, to help to promote the practical application of scholarship for the benefit of industry, government and society.
I work part-time in the University alongside my other roles.
I completed undergraduate studies at Oxford University, before undertaking a postgraduate degree at UCL.
I currently do a number of roles as well as working for Cardiff University. I do advisory work through my company Ecovivid, where I'm Founder Director. I Chair Building with Nature, which provides the UK's first benchmark for the design and maintenance of green infrastructure. And I sit on the Board of the Crown Estate, and the Advisory Board of Ingersoll Rand.
Previously I was CEO of Future Cities Catapult - a centre of expertise on urban innovation, CEO of Forum for the Future, Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Advisor to the UK Government, and Director of Green Alliance. I've held positions on the Smart London Board, UK Government Smart Cities Forum, Groundwork UK Board, UK Roundtable on Sustainable Development, and as Chair of UK Community Energy Coalition. I present and lecture around the world on urban innovation, and write a regular article for The Huffington Post on smart cities.
Honours and awards
I was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to sustainable development.